Next ‘Halo’ Game in Early Stages of Development

Published 2 years ago by , Updated December 7th, 2012 at 12:02 pm,

Halo 5 Development

Many gamers are still enjoying the recently released Halo 4, and it’s hard to think about what is next for the immensely popular franchise. The ending of the latest game left players wondering what will happen next, and the community has been abuzz with possibilities for the fifth iteration, but no one is entirely sure where the franchise will go. 343 Industries, on the other hand, has clear goals for the future, so they’ve already begun work on the next Halo title.

343’s very own Frank O’Connor, the franchise development director behind Halo, recently spoke with CVG about the future of the series, and confirmed that his team has already begun working on their next project. In fact, they began work on the next Halo game before the latest title even shipped. Since Halo 4‘s release, the staff has been cycling vacations in order to keep development constantly flowing, and it sounds like fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

“A lot of people at 343 are already prototyping ideas and software and art for future Halo products. I can’t say more than that, but work on the game started actually before we launched Halo 4 and continues apace as we cycle staff through the team’s vacation breaks. We’re excited about the next game.”

Many fans will immediately assume that 343’s next Halo game will be Halo 5. That much seems obvious, given the fact that Microsoft has already announced that Halo 4 is the beginning of the new Reclaimer Trilogy, but O’Connor didn’t confirm that Halo 5 is indeed the game his team is working on. It’s widely known that Microsoft has a 10 year plan for Halo, and there’s a possibility that 343 Industries may even be revving up for work on a Halo 2 remake.

Despite speculation pertaining to what is next for the established property, some gamers are more focused on what is currently in front of them. The first Halo 4 downloadable content pack will be arriving later this month (December 10th, to be precise), and Season 1 of Spartan Ops is officially at the halfway point. Some fans are probably wondering if there will be more episodic installments after the current wave has run its course, but O’Connor is still waiting to see how the current season performs.

“Spartan Ops season 2 is yet to be decided, we’re looking at how the first season does. We got such great responses from Forward Unto Dawn and Spartan Ops that we’re pretty happy with it and we’re learning a lot of really interesting stuff for the future. You are going to see a spectrum of Halo support though the next year and beyond.”

Whether the next Halo will land on the Xbox 720 or Xbox 360 may be the most intriguing question about 343’s current project, though it’s a safe bet that the franchise will make the transition to next-gen when the time comes. For now, gamers can look forward to a ton of additional content arriving for Halo 4 in the not too distant future.

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Source: CVG

TAGS: 343 Industries, Halo 4, Halo 5, Microsoft, Xbox 360, Xbox One

  • Ultimatum

    Would be nice if they would fix all the bugs in Halo 4 before they decided to start working on dlc or thinking about new episodes for spartan opps. Although I must say that I can’t wait to see where they may take the campaign in Halo 5 if that is the next Halo coming out.

  • Emissary of Death

    If they are truly working on Halo 5 I would absolutely want them to leave it for next gen. This gives us the players to look forward to something great. They can also increase the graphics and also have the game play 60 frames per second with a next gen console. With that said they have plenty of time to work on the game since the console isn’t coming out anytime soon. They also can continue making DLC for Halo 4 and also work on the remake of Halo 2. If they do this everything will go accordingly and they will stay being one of the best companies to date. I want to hear more from my fellow gamers do you guys agree or disagree.

  • X3827

    Just bring back the elites to multiplayer, like they were in Halo 3, fully customizable, and could be used in normal Matchmaking!!

  • starshield

    oh man. this sounds great.

    like Emissary said, they should definitely wait for the next console.
    think about it. Halo 1 launched with the original xbox, halo 3 goes far back enough with the 360, so with with 720, they should launch halo 5 like they did with the first.

    if they intend to make this trilogy last 10 years like the first, they need to make sure their games live as long as the originals. space out their releases almost exactly like the first ones, with side games in between.

    also, Im with X3, on that they should bring back elites.

    personally i dont think it would happen with halo 5.
    Now that a halo ring is involved again, i feel like the humans will be warring with the covvies again – for a shorter time though, with the Prometheans on the side. then by halo 6, it will be marines and covvies against the prometheans against the flood most likely.

    add in custom emblems. and they HAVE to improve forge. 3-Reach was a nice improvement…now Reach – 5 needs to be even better.
    Cant wait.